Your time and energy is currency. It’s valuable and you get to decide where you spend it – so spend it wisely.
Life Currency is the time + energy + money you spend on any given area of your life. When you do a self-examination are you spending your Life Currency all in one place or are you looking to be more balanced and well-rounded in your approach?
The key concept here is a well thought out distribution model that works best in your life. This can vary a bit depending on the person, but approaching this realistically and from an unbiased perspective is the only way someone is going to positively impact their life and growth potential.
There is a quote by Simon Sinek that says, “Drinking isn’t bad, too much drinking is bad. Gambling is fun, too much gambling is dangerous.” Figure 1.1 below is a great illustration of this. 80% of the currency in this model is overspent in categories that are not going to create positive growth.
Drinking and gambling are leisure areas of a person’s life that should only get currency after the other more important areas get their investment first. If this doesn’t happen, it is only a matter of time before mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual obstacles begin to present themselves making life harder.
A second example, and an important distinction to make, is that overspending into any single category can be just as detrimental as spending too much in the wrong categories. Even when you think the single category is worth 100% of your currency.
This isn’t exactly intuitive, so Figure 2.2 will be followed with an explanation.
The figure above is an example of a person that spends 100% of their currency on family. They don’t focus any currency on their own health, their fitness, their knowledge growth, or their community.
This is not a good distribution model. They have goals and aspirations. They need growth and the sanity of progress. They need health and well-being just like anyone else. If they spend 100% of their currency on others, what happens to them?
And while Family is absolutely crucial to happiness, and charity an honorable pursuit in its own right, they will essentially rob themselves of so many things by not managing a solid distribution model of their life. Lastly, the biggest tragedy here, is that they could actually give their family so much more if they just took care of their own health and well-being in addition to taking care of their family.
The moral of this story is to assess your life in an objective and balanced way. Define the areas of your life and determine how you are spending your currency. Be honest with yourself, even if it hurts a little. You need to understand your weakness or vulnerabilities if you ever want to have a chance of changing them.
Hold the line & keep hammering.